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NJSIAA STATE TOURNAMENT
Tuesday, March 3

CENTRAL JERSEY

Group 4

First Round

1-Marlboro 86, 16-South Brunswick 51

The Mustangs (21-5) erupted in the first half, establishing a 58-31 cushion. Junior forward Jessica Riepe buried seven threes on her way to 25 points and senior forward Katherine Sanchez produced a season-high 14 points as four players scored in double figures.

Sophomore guard Dan Schlesinger scored 11 and junior point guard Sammy Jay added 10 for Marlboro. Amanda Castro scored seven and Laura Morehead supplied six on a pair of 3-pointers.

5-Long Branch 50, 12-Old Bridge 38

Senior Anyssa Fields and Madison Grayson each posted double-doubles for the Green Wave (17-5), which held a 32-30 lead through three quarters but closed the contest with an 18-8 flurry.

Fields compiled 25 points and 21 rebounds while Grayson collected 13 points and 14 boards for Long Branch. Junior guard Jada Rogers knocked down six free throws en route to 11 points to complement seven rebounds for the Green Wave.

3-Freehold Twp. 72, 14-Hightstown 44

Junior forward Hannah Orloff dominated the interior for the Patriots (17-9), finishing with a season-high 26 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and five blocks.

Freehold Twp. wasted no time seizing control, gaining a 19-3 upper hand after the first quarter.

6-Middletown South 52, 11-North Brunswick 40

Grace Meehan buried a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to stamp a 13-0 run by Middletown South (14-10) that closed the opening quarter and staked it to an 18-12 lead.

Kayla Richardson deposited nine of her 13 points during a 13-9 showing in the third that widened the Eagles' advantage to 44-26. The senior swing added 11 rebounds, six steals, three blocks and three assists. Bella Orlando chipped in with a career-high 13 points and Meehan finished with nine.

7-Hillsborough 53, 10-Howell 45

The Rebels (14-13) battled to a 13-13 deadlock in the opening period but were outscored, 40-32, by Hillsborough (17-9) over the balance of the contest.

Howell got 15 points from Caitlin Gresko, 12 out of Kery DeStefano and 11 by Grace Leary.

2-Monroe 58, 15-Brick Memorial 43

The valiant Mustangs (9-17) held a 24-23 edge at halftime and trailed, 35-33, heading into the fourth before Monroe (23-4) closed with a 23-10 finish.

Alexis Voorhees topped Brick Memorial with 18 points while Jenna Schiessl and Ella Moore scored six apiece.

Group 2

First Round

1-Rumson-Fair Haven 72, 16-Spotswood 32

Junior Cortland McBarron delivered a game-high 15 points to pace the Bulldogs (19-8), who picked the ideal time to end a three-game losing skid. Freshman Julia Corsentino finished 12 points and senior Paige Slaven scored 10.

Senior Lucy Adams and freshman Julia Shanes hit for seven points each while Molly Kelly and Sarah Hughes netted six apiece.

8-Shore 44, 9-Gov. Livingston 39

A buzzer-beating layup from Madison LaRosa sent Shore (15-12) into halftime with a 19-18 advantage, one it only increased upon over the course of the second half.

LaRosa ended with a game-high 23 points, going 8 for 8 at the foul line. Rylee Drahos tacked on 10 for the Blue Devils and Lily Santi added seven. Cassie DeSantis picked up six boards and four steals for Shore and Savannah Notte doled out four assists.

12-Raritan 70, 5-Metuchen 46

Lucy Alberici picked the right time to have a career night for the Rockets (9-14). The junior guard, who entered the contest averaging a respectable 13.9 points a game, exploded for a career-high 33 points to drive Raritan.

Joei Tarrazi aided the cause with 12 points, Julia Reasoner backed eight points with eight rebounds and Meg Casey cleared 10 boards to go with her seven points in the triumph, Raritan's first in the state tournament in 10 years.

6-Holmdel 66, 11-South Plainfield 26

Carson Fontana, Ryann Taylor and Lindsay Cannon sprung for 10 points apiece within a balanced offensive clinic conducted by the Hornets (15-11).

Holmdel, which sprinted to a 25-0 lead after the initial eight minutes, got nine points from Erica Stolker, eight from Olivia Palmer and seven from both Leah Nolan and Mia Giamanco. Taylor also picked up four rebounds and three steals.

2-Manasquan 55, 15-Delaware Valley 32

The Warriors (18-10) embarked on pursuit of their seventh straight Central Jersey, Group 2 title by opening with an 18-5 salvo in the first quarter, a lead that grew to 53-18, by start of the fourth.

Sophomore guard Brooke Hollawell accounted for 17 points and classmate Georgia Heine was responsible for 10. Sophomore forward Dorothy Loffredo pitched in with nine points and sophomore guard Mary Donnelly finished with seven.

SOUTH JERSEY

Group 4

First Round

6-Jackson Memorial 82, 11-Rancocas Valley 55

Senior guard Kristina Donza pumped in 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Jaguars (23-3) rolled behind a team-wide effort.

Junior guard Rachel Capua offered 20 points and six boards, freshman swing Zoei Maffei scored 13 with four rebounds and three assists, senior guard Ally Vella posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds and senior point guard Bianca Giordano dished out 11 assists.

10-Toms River North 54, 7-Eastern 53

Sophomore forward Jackie Benventuo sprung for 13 points and 18 rebounds and Toms River North (17-8) weathered a second-half challenge to stave off Eastern (16-10) for an impressive road win.

Freshman guard Julia Grodzicki had 13 points and senior swing Kristina Johnson clicked for 12 and six assists for the Mariners, who established a 29-20 halftime lead and endured a 17-9 rally by Eastern in the third.

Sophomore guard Faith Wavershak collected nine points, four steals and three assists and sophomore guard Sydney Howell had seven points and three boards for North.

2-Lenape 64, 15-Southern 44

Kaela Curtin converted 10 free throws and totaled 21 points while Sam Del Rio pumped in 18 as the senior duo went out battling for Southern (12-15).

Lenape (21-6), the defending sectional champion, opened a 37-16 advantage by intermission.

Group 2

First Round

1-Manchester 73, 16-Barnegat 17

Junior forward Destiny Adams recorded her 15th double-double of the season, piling up 17 points, 13 rebounds, seven blocks, four assists and three steals as the Hawks (24-4) opened defense of their Group 2 title by upending B South rival Barnegat (8-17) for the third time this year.

Manchester built and 19-5 lead in the first quarter and parlayed a 26-3 outburst in the second to balloon the margin to 45-8. Amyah Bray clicked for 14 points, Gabriella Ross netted 11 and Kemari Reynolds had eight points, five assists and four boards.

Kya Joseph accounted for 10 points for the Bengals.

8-Delran 42, 9-Point Boro 32

Point Boro (11-15) grabbed an early 12-8 lead on the road before succumbing to Delran (14-13). Senior forward Kate Leturgez netted 14 points and junior guard Lila Shaver scored nine for the Panthers.

Non-Public B

South Jersey
First Round

11-Mater Dei 45, 6-Calvary Christian 37

Madison Lopez flipped in 12 points and Jhamena Range dropped in 10 for Mater Dei (14-12), which fashioned a 34-27 lead behind a 14-7 surge in the third quarter.

Lara Gritzek chipped in with eight points and Katie Zoda contributed six to the victory.

Mater Dei rallied from a 12-6 deficit to tie the game at 20-20 by halftime.

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